US Aviation officials deny claims that 3 passenger jets had a ‘near collision’August 3rd, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Washington DC, Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Aviation officials of the United States of America have disputed the claims that are being made by the media about three passenger jets almost colliding with each other over Washington DC.
The media have been giving reports about the planes that are said to have flown too close together on Tuesday almost collided with each other. The aviation officials say that there is no way two commuter planes can fly as close to each other as to have a danger of colliding with each other.
Ray Lahood who is the secretary of US transportation during a conference with the media said that the reports about the near collision are wrong. The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta said that at no point were the said planes in a head to head position during the incident. The information that the planes were almost colliding came from the Washington Post, which stated that it got recorded audio content of the air controllers who were controlling the planes discussing the incident.
US authorities in charge of aviation said that there was a communication error with the controllers but it was not bad enough to make the planes to almost collide. Huerta, during the conference with the media said that the planes are always equipped with a collision avoidance system but the systems were not activated on Tuesday.
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